All right, yesterday we finished off the states breakdowns. Those Region 2 people…yeah, they were pretty good. But now we move into region breakdowns by district. Which set of in-house rivalries sharpened the most iron to the finest edge?
We’ll start with 1A-Region 2. In case you wanted a little geography lesson — and I actually kinda did for myself — Region 2 is a BIG region. There are a lot of smaller states that 1A-Region 2. Consider a geographic area from Crystal River, which is maybe a 10-minute drive from the Gulf of Mexico and an hour-ish southwest of Gainesville, all the way across the state and then cutting southward down to Satellite Beach, which is well below the Kennedy Space Center, below Cocoa Beach, and almost to Melbourne. That’s massive. Plus, on the west side, Region 2 extends down to the extreme northern and northeastern Tampa suburbs.
District 5 is basically the northwestern quadrant of the region — with Clay at the eastern edge of that quadrant. District 6 is the north Tampa area. District 7 is Orlando and the areas close to Daytona that are in 1A, and District 8 is the “Space Coast” region on down to Satellite.
Which district will prevail? Same point totals as with states. The only difference between them is that there is no 5-point value for fifth place. There SHOULD be a fifth-place alternate, as I’ve said elsewhere, but for more on that go to that post. Hate forfeits at states and at regions. Also not a fan of the team numbers. 9 in District 5, 10 in 6, 4 in 7 and 7 in 8. It’s not possible for two districts to have seven and two have eight? Same 30 teams.
These will be longer posts, with more names in the mix. I’ll also say something about each district, even the out-of-coverage-area ones.
106: 1. District 6 56 (Napolitano 2nd, Haire 3rd, Smith 4th). 2. District 7 28.5 (Wohltman 1st). 3. District 5 28 (no qualifiers). 4. District 8 11 (no qualifiers).
5s: Had a decent start with three first-round wins, but no semifinalists. Farthest to get along in the tournament was Kevin Rochon (Villages), the district runnerup. He was one match short of qualifying out. As for locals, Palatka freshman Marcellus Metson took an 0-for-2 bagel, although he got eventual state champion Wohltman in the first round.
6s: Two semifinalists with Brandon Smith (Weeki Wachee) and Nathan Napolitano (Gulf), who racked up four pins between them to get there; Bryant Haire (Pasco) drew Wohltman in the quarters and had to win four matches to go all the way back to third.
7s: Mason Wohltman (Lake Highland) dominated the bracket, with bonus points in every round, but he didn’t get much help from his district mates, who chipped in only 3 points.
8s: Not much help for district champion Louis Cortez (Astronaut) who got to the semis, but then was knocked out by Napolitano and Haire. Other than one bye victory, the rest of the district went oh-fer.
113: 1. District 7 43 (Silva 1st). 2. District 5 34.5 (Merring 4th). 3. District 8 32 (Kirk 3rd). 4. District 6 22 (DeAugustino 2nd).
Running total: 1. District 6 78. 2. District 7 72. 3. District 5 62.5. 4. District 8 43.
5s: Had a good start on the front side, with three rd-1 wins, but only Chris Merring (Clay) got to the semis, doing so with two falls in 48 seconds combined. Good effort on the back, with Merring and Austin Bonasota (Villages) facing off with state on the line. Dale Green (Palatka) went 0-for-2.
6s: John DeAugustino (Pasco) scored well for the 6s, with 16 points in reaching the final, but he had all of the front-side points and no one else got past the consi 2nd round.
7s: Silva dominated, with three falls and a tech to cruise to this title, and he got some help from Nick Walker (Bishop Moore), who had a front-side rd-1 fall and then two bonus-point wins to get to the consi semis.
8s: Stronger as a group here than at 106, Kirk won three times with bonus points to pick up 22 of the 8s’ points.
120: 1. District 6 43 (Twardosky 1st). 2. District 5 26.5 (Taylor 2nd). 3. District 8 24.5 (Lebeau 3rd). 4. District 7 (Cosmides 4th).
Running total: 1. District 6 121. 2. District 7 93. 3. District 5 89. 4. District 8 67.5.
5s: Cody Taylor (Clay) just kept on winning for the 5s, with 14 of their points in reaching the final. Dean Lowe (Palatka) added a rd-1 tech fall for 3 1/2, but the rest came from Bryce Follett (Dunnellon), the third-placer, who was 1 match from state.
6s: Lukas Twardosky (Pasco) was in control the whole way through, but he got a lot of help on the back from Hunter Gibson (Weeki Wachee), who was 1 match from state, and Rudy Hajaistron (Wesley Chapel).
7s: Max Cosmides (Lake Highland) did make the semis and then got out with a consi-semi win, and there was help from Jake Wheeler (Bishop Moore, 4 points) and Clayton Cummings (Atlantic, 3).
8s: Nick Lebeau (Astronaut) had a solid tournament, with two wins on both sides of the bracket and 21.5 points, but the 8s otherwise were oh-fer in the tournament.
126: 1. District 7 44 (Brindley 1st). 2. District 5 39 (Browning 2nd, Hendrix 4th). 3. District 8 24 (Silvestri 3rd). 4. District 6 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 138.5. 2. District 7 135. 3. District 5 128. 4. District 8 91.5.
5s: All four chipped in something, with Dale Browning (Clay) and Jessen Hendrix (Trinity Catholic) leading the way with 17 points each (Hendrix had one more victory, having to go through consis after being pinned by Brindley).
6s: First weight without at least one qualifier. Jaekwon Forde (Anclote) did reach the semis, but then was knocked out by Browning and Hendrix, and Forde was the only front-side winner. Josh Cooey (Pasco) made a run to Saturday, but also was knocked out by Hendrix.
7s: Brindley put on a dominant performance, with two pins and two techs enroute to a 27-point tournament (maximum possible is 28). Andres Ramirez (Deltona) added 11 for the 7s, just one match short of state.
8s: Cody Silvestri (Astronaut) picked up all 24 points for the 8s, with four full-bonus victories sandwiching his semifinal loss by tech to Brindley. The rest of the district double-bageled.
132: 1. District 6 54 (Espinosa 1st, Enoch 2nd). 2. District 7 30 (Rasmussen 3rd). 4. District 8 21 (Rendon-Rivera 4th). 4. District 5 6 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 192.5. 2. District 7 165. 3. District 5 134. 4. District 8 112.5.
5s: Not strong. Michael Ciccone (Crystal River) had a rd-1 fall and Jacquez White (Eastside) had a rd-1 decision, and that was it for points. After the first round, the 5s were shut out.
6s: Mark Espinosa (Nature Coast) and Brandon Enoch (Weeki Wachee) reprised their district final in a region-final rematch, which meant lots of front-side points, but third-placer DeJesus Gonzales (Anclote) was just one match from state, knocking off fourth-placer Brandon Rivera (Wesley Chapel) Saturday morning.
7s: A solid effort, led by Brandon Rasmussen (Deltona), who made the semis and finished the weekend with 20 points, but Cameron Monzadeh (Lake Highland) was just one match from states after losing by 1 point in round 1.
8s: Rhio Rendon-Rivera (Titusville) qualified out after making the semis, and a decent run from fourth-placer Nael Lopez (Rockledge) who won twice — including a fall over 8s runnerup Hayden BUrns (Space COast) — to get to Saturday.
138: 1. District 6 61 (White 1st, Torres 2nd, Cardwell 4th). 2. District 8 29 (Seymour 3rd). 3. District 5 17 (no qualifiers). 4 .District 7 11 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 253.5. 2. District 7 176. 3. District 5 151. 4. District 8 141.5.
5s: Some rally after the misery at 132, with three rd-1 wins, but no semifinalists. The farthest advancer was third-placer Ryan Hatcher (Villages), who got to Saturday and had six points. Christian Downs (Clay) and Travis Webb (Eastside) each had four points with rd-1 falls, but couldn’t find wins after that.
6s: Skyler White (Pasco) and Emmanuel Torres (Wesley Chapel) got a rematch of their district final, although the region version wasn’t quite as close, with White getting a major this time to pick up 27 points. Torres had three falls of his own for an 18-point tourney, and Grant Cardwell (Anclote) avenged a rd-1 loss by fall, decisioning Satellite’s Tyler Hansen with state on the line. Cardwell had 13 points and four wins, all on the back.
7s: Not much there there, with Jack Roche (Bishop Moore) winning three times and getting to the consi semis. Two double-bagels didn’t help the group.
8s: Matthew Seymour (Titusville) lost by fall late to White in the semis, but otherwise was a solid point-scorer, with three bonus wins and 21 points on the weekend. Like the 7s, the 8s had to overcome two oh-fers.
145: 1. District 7 52 (Rogers 1st, Whitmore 4th). 2. District 5 28 (Pelton 3rd). 3. District 6 26.5 (no medalists). 4. District 8 23 (Ahrens 2nd).
Running total: 1. District 6 280. 2. District 7 228. 3. District 5 179. 4. District 8 164.5.
5s: Other than Joel Pelton (Crystal River) making the semis, no front-side scoring for the 5s, so most of the work came on the back and even then it was mostly Pelton, who had 22. Connor Green (Clay) and Harold Woods (Eastside) each had a consi rd-1 fall for 3 points each.
6s: I think this is the first time this year that I’ve done this analysis where a district/region wasn’t last and didn’t have any medalists where the last-place district/region did. The 6s had 3 rd-1 falls and got three out to Saturday, but the closest was Dalton Kaechele (Hudson) who was 1 match short of state.
7s: Rogers was dominant in this tournament, with four bonus-point wins and a total of 26 points on the weekend, but Whitmore gave plenty of help in reaching the semis and chipping in another 14. Aaron Mason (Bishop Moore) was also 1 match short of states.
8s: Ethan Ahrens (Astronaut) had all of the 8s’ front-side points, with 17, but otherwise the group had only two consi rd-1 falls to its credit.
152: 1. District 6 47.5 (Scott 1st). 2. District 7 43 (Petrone 3rd, Violette 4th). 3. District 5 20.5 (Breindel 2nd). 4. District 8 12 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 327.5. 2. District 7 271. 3. District 5 199.5. 4. District 8 176.5.
5s: Adam Breindel (Clay) had a solid weekend — his better one was still a week away — but contributed 15.5 of the 5s’ points in reaching the final, with Brennan Wykoff (Interlachen) pitching in five with two consi-round wins to get to Saturday.
6s: We can only wonder if the bye that Jonte Scott (Anclote) got on Friday helped him be a bit more rested for Saturday, but his blast-doubles to the title were the truth, as he scored 23.5 points for the 6s, who got plenty of points on the back side but no one else out.
7s: Anthony Petrone (Lake Highland) and Ryan Violette (Bishop Moore) each made the semis with full bonus points intact, as Petrone had 20 points and Violette 16, with Dylan Lapointe (Atlantic) also making it to Saturday for the 7s.
8s: The 8s got three first-round wins by fall, but didn’t win a single match after that.
160: 1. District 8 38 (Berry 2nd, Londono 3rd). 2. District 7 (Cleary 1st). 3. District 6 (Orengo 4th). 4. District 5 19 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 356.5. 2. District 7 306. 3. District 5 218.5. 4. District 8 214.5.
5s: Tough tournament for Trevor Larson (Clay), who reached the semis with a pair of majors and eight points, but he had some breaks go against him. Ronnie Fernandez (Trinity Catholic) got to Saturday with falls on both sides of the bracket, and Evan Gastelum (Palatka) chipped in a consi rd-1 fall for three points.
6s: Not much on the front side, just two rd-1 falls, but the 6s — particularly Emmanuel Orengo (Wesley Chapel) — pulled things together in the consis. Orengo finished with 17. Blake Castillo (Pasco) was 1 match short of states.
7s: Only a decision in the semis kept Elijah Cleary (Lake Highland) from a perfect score, as he finished with 26 points and the title. Justin Perkins (Atlantic) had pins on both sides of the bracket and got to Saturday.
8s: Cleary’s match with Antonio Londono (Space Coast) was in some ways the “real” title match, held in the semi. Londono was mostly untouchable otherwise, finishing with 23 points, while Berry reached finals and had 12 points.
170: 1. District 6 50 (Maple 1st, Webber 4th). 2. District 5 35 (Sichmeller 3rd). 3. District 7 22 (Ford 2nd). 4. District 8 9 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 406.5. 2. District 7 328. 3. District 5 253.5. 4. District 8 223.5.
5s: Only a semifinal loss to Kevin Ford (Lake Highland) derailed Tristain Sichmeller (Clay), who finished the weekend with 19 points for the 5s. Jaret Flynn (Crystal River) was also solid, making the semis and finishing 1 match from states, with 10 points. Interlachen’s Lance Hasting had a consi rd-1 fall as well.
6s: Pasco’s Timothy Maple was strong all weekend, with only a decision win in the quarters marring an otherwise-perfect weekend (26 points). Hernando’s Austin Webber rallied from a quarterfinal loss to Ford to finish with 15 points.
7s: Ford (14 points) and Deltona’s Gabriel Gonzales (eight, 1 match from states) did all the heavy lifting for the 7s, who had two double-bagels to overcome.
8s: Tough weekend. Just one front-side rd-1 win by fall and two consi wins from Titusville’s Mykel Connors, and that was it.
182: 1. District 6 63 (Robinson 1st, Templar 2nd, Gray 3rd). 2. District 5 36 (Bennis 4th). 3. District 8 15 (no qualifiers). 4. District 7 11 (no qualiifers).
Running total: 1. District 6 469.5. 2. District 7 339. 3. District 5 289.5. 4. District 8 238.5.
5s: Good start, with three rd-1 wins and Jon Whiting (Clay) making the semis, but the other 2 faced the eventual finalists in the quarters. Most of the work got done in the consis, with Edward Bennis (Crystal River) edging Whiting in a battle for states. Bennis finished with 17 points and Whiting had eight. Interlachen’s Logan Hasting also had eight, with falls on both sides.
6s: First 1-2-3 sweep for a district, with all four wrestlers scoring points and the district third (Ryan Robinson of Wesley Chapel) first edging finalist Le’Shaun Gray of Nature Coast in the semi and then district champ John Templar of Brooksville Central in the final. Talk about iron sharpening iron.
7s: Just one first-round win and two consi wins, plus a pair of oh-fers. The 7s might be starting out of steam as a group.
8s: Just one win on the front side, with Astronaut’s Harry Hampton winning three matches on the back after dropping a quick fall in rd 1 to eventual champ Robinson, but fell short.
195: 1. District 5 42 (Collins 2nd, Ayala 4th). 2. District 8 36 (Ralston 1st). 3. District 7 25 (Goldin 3rd). 4. District 6 18 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 487.5. 2. District 7 364.5. 3. District 5 331.5. 4. District 8 274.5.
5s: Two semifinalists in Kaleb Collins (Clay) and Dante Ayala (Crystal River), who reached the semis with maximum points. Collins finished with 16 for the weekend by reaching the finals. Eastside’s Kenneth Vance lost in rd 1, but rallied with seven points in the consis to get to Saturday, and Ira Dixon (Palatka) chipped in three points with a consi rd-1 fall.
6s: The 6s had one semifinalist and two rd-1 winners, but couldn’t convert an OK front-side start into qualifiers, as Drake Carson (Hudson) was 1 match short of state.
7s: Ben Goldin (Lake Highland) lost in the quarters to Ayala, but made his way back through the consis and eventually avenged that loss, finishing the weekend with 23 points.
8s: Christopher Ralston (Satellite) also had 23 points, with the title in hand as well, but he had good help from Clay Tezel (Cocoa Beach), who chipped in 13 and was one match from states. Pair of double-bagels prevented a weight-class win, though.
220: 1. District 6 68 (Contegiacomo 1st, Hartman 3rd, Burt 4th). 2. District 5 37 (Williams 2nd). 3. District 7 19 (no qualifiers). 4. District 8 4 (no qualifiers).
Running total: 1. District 6 555.5. 2. District 7 383. 3. District 5 368.5. 4. District 8 278.5.
5s: Could we have our first movement in the team standings? Alex Williams (North Marion) scored 16 solid points in reaching the final, with lots of points on the consi rounds from Eron Carter (Palatka, lost to champ Anthony Contegiacomo of Nature Coast in rd 1 but came back for 11 points and was 1 match from states) and a badly-injured Jeremy Beaulieu (Clay, seven points).
6s: Another dominant performance from the 6s, but in a different order this time as district champ Nick Burt (Pasco) was edged by Williams in the semis. Contegiacomo threw together a great tournament, with 26 points and three falls, and Anthony Hartman (Weeki Wachee), who was third at districts, lost only to Contegiacomo in the semis in scoring 20 points and edging Burt for third. Michael Listebarger (Hernando) also got to Saturday.
7s: Three rd-1 bonus point wins (one of those thanks mainly to District 8 champ Javohn Maravolo of Astronaut not competing), but only two after that and none on the front side.
8s: Just one win by fall in rd 1, and that was it for the 8s as a group, with two double-bagels and a non-competitor.
285: 1. District 6 76 (Ivie 1st, Jarque 3rd, Brooks 4th). 2. District 5 26 (Samec 2nd). 3. District 8 18 (no qualifiers). 4. District 7 (no qualifiers).
5s: Two rd-1 wins and a finalist appearance for Roland Samec (Clay), who finished with 18 points on the weekend. Not much on the back side for the 5s, though, with two double-bagels on the weekend, including one for Jared Hindrix (Palatka).
6s: Seemed like they just got stronger toward the end of the weight classes. Ivie pulled off the perfect 28 and only had to wrestle for 67 seconds to do it. But with Zack Jarque (Nature Coast) making the semis and Dean Brooks (Weeki Wachee) taking three bonus wins on the back side, plus Joshua Rodriguez (Gulf) getting to Saturday,it was a huge day point-wise for the 6s. Best so far.
7s: With only two competitors, the 7s were going to struggle here, and they did, with just two falls in consi rd 1 in their favor.
8s: The 8s were OK, with one semifinalist, but couldn’t get anyone out. Kenneth Willoughby (Astronaut) was 1 match from state as that semifinalist.
1. District 6 — 631.5 points, 23 state qualifiers (8 1sts, 5 2nds, 4 3rds, 6 4ths).
2. District 5 — 394.5 points, 12 state qualifiers (6 2nds, 2 3rds, 4 4ths).
3. District 7 — 389 points, 12 state qualifiers (5 1sts, 1 2nd, 3 3rds, 3 4ths).
4. District 8 — 296.5 points, 9 state qualifiers (1 1st, 2 2nds, 5 3rds, 1 4th).